Babatunde Fashola, minister for works and housing, says he does not know what happened to the video camera he recovered at Lekki tollgate after the tragic shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters bald in October 2020.
Following the Lekki tollgate shooting, Fashola, led a Federal Government delegation of South-West governors and ministers on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the loss of lives and destruction of properties in the violence that rocked the state last week.
While visiting the scene of the shooting, Fashola discovered a camcorder and subsequently, handed it over to Sanwo-Olu for forensic analysis and further investigation.
He had said the camera must have been planted by some subversive elements priory to the reported shootings for ulterior motives.
The minister, who picked up the camera with an aid of a handkerchief, handed it over to Sanwo-Olu, stating;
I think this will help with the ongoing investigations into the shootings at the Lekki Toll Gate.
It requires forensic analysis and could be used in the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the shootings at the Toll Gate, I believe.
The discovery sparked a plethora of reactions on social media as many Nigerians, including celebrities, took to their pages to air their different views.
The clip of the former Lagos state governor picking up his discovery was turned into memes, that trended on the internet for months.
Speaking with Arise TV on Sunday, Fashola said he doesn’t know what became of his discovery.
The minister added that he should not be the one to answer questions on the camcorder, saying he had since handed it over to Lagos state government.
You should not be asking me. You have the tapes showing that I handed it over to the government of Lagos, so you have all the recordings. I think your people were there. So don’t ask me what happened to the camera. I don’t know.
On what he thought about the struggle by the youths to take power in 2023, Fashola said youths had ruled Nigeria more than the elderly.
He recalled that during the military regime, the officers who ruled Nigeria through the 1960s and 1980s were in their 30s and 40s.
The minister argued that most of these personalities remained on the scene.